[PDF] ✩ The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. Atul Gawande Author Atul Gawande – Tactical-player.co.uk
I really loved this book It s well written, entertaining, and very effective at explaining why checklists are important and how best to use them.I now use checklists regularly for daily things, and at work our team uses checklists to avoid making mistakes After reading the book I created a checklist of things to verify when going out, and it still often saves me forgetting to bring something important It s a book that I think everyone should read who s into productivity and reducing mistakes Today We Find Ourselves In Possession Of Stupendous Know How, Which We Willingly Place In The Hands Of The Most Highly Skilled People But Avoidable Failures Are Common, And The Reason Is Simple The Volume And Complexity Of Our Knowledge Has Exceeded Our Ability To Consistently Deliver It Correctly, Safely Or Efficiently In This Groundbreaking Book, Atul Gawande Makes A Compelling Argument For The Checklist, Which He Believes To Be The Most Promising Method Available In Surmounting Failure Whether You Re Following A Recipe, Investing Millions Of Dollars In A Company Or Building A Skyscraper, The Checklist Is An Essential Tool In Virtually Every Area Of Our Lives, And Gawande Explains How Breaking Down Complex, High Pressure Tasks Into Small Steps Can Radically Improve Everything From Airline Safety To Heart Surgery Survival Rates Fascinating And Enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto Shows How The Simplest Of Ideas Could Transform How We Operate In Almost Any Field This is the second book of Atul Gawande s I have read I really enjoy his easy ability to illustrate his points with relevant stories and particularly in this book using the Hudson River plane incident as an example.He has given me food for thought around the use of checklists in my own work I feel inspired to develop one at least for myself which I may then be able to pass on to my team.I enjoy the philosophical approach he has to life, medicine and writing.I thoroughly recommend this book as not only thought provoking but also an enjoyable read. A thoroughly convincing tale of Gawande s intensive introduction to the world of professional checklists, and his first attempt at implementing one on behalf of the World Health Organisation I enjoyed reading this book and I am now completely convinced that I need to implement some checklists in my life The unfortunate part of the book is there are no proper examples nor how to guides.I heard about this book from the Tim Ferriss podcast, where I d also listened to another guest, Jocko Willink, and have taken away his mantra Discipline Equals Freedom Checklists as it would turn out, are a very practical and effective way to implement that discipline.Thus, it is safe to say CHECKLISTS EQUAL FREEDOM. After reading Black Box Thinking by Mathew Syed I was interested to read on the subject of improvement through making errors and the contrast between the aviation and medical industries approach to errors This is a super read, well written and very informative Thank goodness for checklists I was also fascinated by the soap story and wondered if there is a charity providing this still Thank you Atul Gawande for your dedication and hard work I look forward to reading of your books. As the title suggests, The Checklist Manifesto outlines the benefits of using checklists in various situations from the perspective of Atul Gawande, a leading surgeon Atul sets out to find a solution for the problem of complexity in medicine by objectively researching different contexts, from project managing extremely complex building developments to piloting planes A large emphasis is placed on situations such as disasters, where time is of the essence and there is a limited time to react to the situation at hand, much like would be found in the operating theatre, where the basis of the book originates.I enjoyed the methodical approach of following Atul on his journey, trying to get to the crux of checklists, how or if they are beneficial to situations and how a balance can be struck between having sufficient information to be useful whilst not overbearing the user to the point where the list becomes disregarded He uses examples such as investment fund managers, third world disease prevention schemes, professional kitchens, and of course hospitals whilst using various statistics to bring the narrative to life.A number of real world disasters are cited which keep the book gripping and interesting, and help to outline the reality the checklists aren t to make the user into a methodical robot, but how it helps to strike a balance between communication, delegation and preparation The bottom line of the theme is that the effects of using checklists are subtle taken on an individual situation basis, but in unlikely circumstances or taking the statistical data over a large number of samples, a clear picture gets painted Checklists, particularly in the context of surgery or plane mishaps, are fundamental to team cohesion and just by taking the simple of step of introducing names before surgery or a flight can have a profound effect on achieving desirable outcomes.I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it, it does provoke thought into how checklists could be used in other situations and the problem of the human ego that leads dismissal of procedures that can have profound beneficial effects. If you are a clinician and haven t read this book YOU SHOULD It has fundamentally changed the way we work, write consent forms and perform handovers Errors clinical or clerical have all but ceased, WHEN the check lists we created for patients clients are used The results are stark Read it, think about it and implement appropriately You will not be disappointed Like the Author I have found getting initial buy in takes a fair push, but don t relent.